Animal Summer

We have a very low-key summer planned and I am so looking forward to it. Papa thinks that by July I’ll be pulling my hair out — and he might be right — but we have not signed up for anything (except Vacation Bible School). No camps, no dance, no running to and fro. I am so looking forward to it.

Animal Summer

But to keep me from pulling my hair out I’ve decided that we’re going to talk about/learn about animals while we’re soaking up the sun. I have no intention for this to become like a curriculum or anything particularly structured. I’m just using it as something we can use to focus our attention especially on those days when we all need to focus on something besides each other.

In June we’ll be thinking and talking about animals that live on farms. Next week we’ll start with animals we use for food. In July we’re planning to learn about animals that live in the ocean. Molly, we’re thinking of an aquarium trip with you sometime. Then in August we’re going to focus on animals that we find at the zoo.

I chose animals because both of my urchins love animals and while Katie is interested in knowing the difference between an ape and a monkey, Tristan is interested in pretending to be a monkey and hopefully I should be able to accommodate both. I’ve outlined our plan below with June in greater detail since it starts next week — which isn’t that crazy? — and I need to be a little bit organized. Feel free to borrow the idea if you want. We can all learn about animals together.

On The Farm
June 1 – 7 :: Animals for Food

  • Cows
  • Chickens
  • Pigs
  • Ducks
  • Geese

June 8 – 14 :: Animals for Work

  • Horses
  • Oxen

June 15 – 21 :: Animals for Clothes

  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Llamas/Alpacas

June 22 – 28 :: Animals for Pets

  • Dogs
  • Cats

In the Ocean
June 29 – July 5 :: Fish
July 6 – 12 :: Whales
July 13 – 19 :: Sharks
July 20 – 26 :: Walruses, Seals and Sealions
July 27 – August 2 :: Birds

Around the World
August 3 – 9 :: Primates
August 10 – 16 :: Big Cats
August 17 – 23 :: Pachyderms
August 24 – 30 :: Bears

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8 Responses to “Animal Summer”


  1. 1 amy May 29, 2008 at 11:50 am

    yay! I love it. I am also doing a bit of summer camp here at our home…I might borrow some horse ideas for our wild west week. 🙂 http://tinyurl.com/6fqqmh

  2. 2 melissa May 29, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    great idea! We’re using our garden and its insects as our springboard. Particularly since we had a butterfly hatching this week- I took the opportunity to get lots of buggedy books at the library during story time today!
    (btw, I’m shipping your bowl tomorrow!)

  3. 3 emily May 29, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    if you do the aquarium after july 11, we’ll join you…!

  4. 4 amandajean May 29, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    what a great idea. the impending summer vacation has got me scared and thinking about some structure for our days at home, too.

  5. 5 Jennifer May 29, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    What fun! We are going on a farm trip tomorrow with my son’s kindergarten. It is not on your list but I have a great home video we took of the owls we “grew” in our backyard this spring. I’d be glad to send you the link.

  6. 6 Heather May 29, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I’m in the same boat, nothing planned. Maybe I’ll join the animal bandwagon. Those are super cute btw..where did you get them?

  7. 7 Anna May 29, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Same here. Except for one week of Wilderness Awareness day camp for my oldest daughter, we aren’t signed up for anything. I really like your animal idea, I might have to come up with my own little Summer list. Our Summer starts June 18, I can’t wait!

  8. 8 molly May 30, 2008 at 8:03 am

    We’re totally in. I’ve been itching to go back to the aquarium with the girls, even more fun with all of us! And my grandmother renewed my membership–score! 🙂


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